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Time for Arsenal to end their trophy drought

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The Gunners made it past Ipswich in the Carling Cup semi-final on Tuesday night.

After 60 minutes of Tractor defiance Bendtner made a run down the left wing and took down Wilshere's long pass in a way that Pelé would have been chuffed with, then with a deft, reverse flick with the inside of his left boot chopped the ball inside the 18 yard box, wrong footing Carlos Edwards and allowing Nicklas to curl a beauty into the far corner.

The killer blow was delivered when Koscielny headed in an Arshavin corner minutes later. Arshavin set up Fabregas' goal too; the pair broke at speed and Arshavin needed to weight the pass correctly under pressure from the defence, he stayed cool and did just that. Setting up two goals might be a sign of a potential revival for The Meerkat.

Next up for the Arsenal it's a first cup final at the new Wembley Stadium against Birmingham City. The Blues mounted an admirable comeback on Wednesday against a West Ham team who seem unable either to get lucky or get it right. The grim spectre of relegation has been lurking over the Struggling East Londoners and the strain was too much for them as they capitulated under the pressure of a spirited resurgence from the boys from Brum.

On Saturday February 27 an old Arsenal maestro will face his old side. Alex Hleb wowed while at Arsenal before signing a relatively abrupt move to AC Milan. Some say he went in search of silverware, but how ironic it would be for Arsenal to win their first trophy since Hleb's departure against the Belarusian's new team?

Since he moved to Birmingham, despite displaying some of his old tricks and magic touches, he hasn't impressed the football world the way he did in his days wearing a red shirt. But if Birmingham get the better of the Arsenal on cup final day, maybe the knife in the Gunner's heart might just be wielded by the Belarusian, you just never know in football.

So Arsenal FC has the chance to put the Carling Cup in the trophy cabinet, to end the drought after six long years. Let's see if Wenger's ever-promising youngsters can deliver like men.

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